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John Peel is not enough

John Peel

In 2004, CLSM produced and released the single John Peel (Is Not Enough). The lyrical content of the track expressed the dismay that John Peel was the only BBC Radio 1 DJ to play hard dance music as part of his show. The track and further remixes were not only big hits in the clubs but the name of the track was used for a BBC one-off show featuring John Peel showcasing modern Hardcore music — a BBC radio first at the time.

The record sparked a campaign including the biggest petition at the time on the BBC’s own iCan site. The success of the petition and communication resulted in meetings with Radio 1. In 2005, DJ Kutski was given a monthly show on rotation with other DJs. In October 2008, Kutski was given a weekly show on Radio 1, drawing the ‘John Peel campaign’ to a successful conclusion.¹

Which just goes to show you can’t trust Wikipedia, the record was released in 2003².

CLSM :: John Peel (Not Enough) [Fergus Mayhem mix]

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To the best of my knowledge, Helen Love wasn’t involved in the campaign, but I’m sure she would have supported it, given this paean to happy hardcore (and John Peel) on her turn-of-the-century LP, Love and Glitter, Hot Days and Music.

Helen Love :: Happyhardcore

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And from hardcore to Hard Corps and a record, which like CLSM’s featured in John Peel’s listeners’ annual Festive Fifty chart but about which I know nothing.

Hard Corps :: Dirty

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¹ Wikipedia | CLSM
² Well, not in matters of popular culture, where the peer review process is sketchy at best. This particular entry has now been peer reviewed and amended.

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